ATHENS – The mid-2023 elections aren’t even on the horizon yet but the gloves are already off as major opposition SYRIZA leader and former Premier Alexis Tsipras demanded snap polls because he said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is bringing Greece into ruin.
Speaking at the Naftemporiki conference entitled Greek Economy and Enterpreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities in an Unpredictable Future, the Leftist leader fired a fusillade of criticism at his rival.
He ripped Mitsotakis’ handling of the economy and alleged wealth was being redistributed to the wealthy, adding that, “All the foulness that is being revealed in recent weeks shows that we are probably experiencing the ‘last days of Pompei’,” referring to the Italian city buried under ash in a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D.
He said of the government that, “It had initially appeared to be simply dogmatic but is finally proving dangerous even for democracy itself,” adding that it was a dark era that will end when SYRIZA returns to power, said the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency ANA-MPA.
He said it was his party’s duty to “restore social cohesion, unleash the potential of our economy and build a strong state governed by the rule of law, with inviolable rules and principles,”
He didn’t mention that he didn’t do any of that while ruling for 4 ½ years, imposed austerity after swearing he wouldn’t and broke his promises and set aside a 40-point platform that he said would govern Greece.
Tsipras warned of a new “debt crisis” that he said was again threatening the Greek economy, not of public but of private debt and that the government is allowing profiteering in electricity rates although it is paying 90 percent of the bills for households at a cost of some 9 billion euros ($9. 33 billion.)
“Greece is today an unfair country for the many but also without a sustainable long-term growth strategy,” Tsipras continued, claiming that the country is currently “much weaker compared with the rest of Europe, as the external turbulences are added to the results of the government’s choices that magnify instead of mitigate the long-standing dysfunctions of the Greek economy.”
He said Mitsotakis, who sped an economic recovery during the waning COVID-19 pandemic and luring foreign investors despite high inflation was “a factor for political instability” who won’t come to Parliament to answer SYRIZA questions.
Tsipras said that private debt is a “a time bomb at the foundations of the economy,” but didn’t mention that his anti-business government stymied investors and blocked the now-beginning $8 billion development of the abandoned Hellenikon International Airport site.